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bake up (something)

To bake something. I decided to bake up a fresh batch of brownies for my daughter's birthday party this afternoon.
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bake up a storm

To bake a large amount (of something) with great vigor or enthusiasm. Sometimes, when I'm really stressed out, I go into the kitchen and bake up a storm to focus my attention on something positive.
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1. slang Intoxicated, usually with marijuana. Man, I got totally baked last night and hardly remember a thing.
2. slang Having had sun exposure, resulting in either a burn or tan. Do we have any aloe? I fell asleep on the beach and got baked, ugh.

baked into the cake

1. Naturally inherent in or already incorporated into something. Usually said of negative traits, aspects, or behavior. Many feel that the disadvantages facing minorities in the country's economic and political systems were baked into the cake from the very outset. Unfortunately, I believe the CEO is a pathological cheater and liar. He's been on good behavior in front of the media, sure, but stuff like that is baked into the cake.
2. Indicating a foregone conclusion or predetermined outcome. What's sometimes difficult to remember is that the election has already been decided—the votes have been cast, so the winner is already baked into the cake. The company is certainly in a very precarious position, but it is trying to assure investors that bankruptcy is not baked into the cake.
See also: baked, cake

be baked into (one's) DNA

To be a core aspect of one's character, motivation, or lineage; to be an intrinsic or fundamental part of one. He's always been that way, ever since he was a small boy. Helping others just seems to be baked into his DNA. This company has been drilling oil since my great-grandfather first struck crude oil back in 1902. It's baked into our DNA!
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be baked into the DNA of (someone or something)

To be a core aspect of someone's or something's character, motivation, or lineage; to be an intrinsic or fundamental part of someone or something. Ambition and determination should be baked into the DNA of anyone looking to be a leader. Innovation is baked into the DNA of this company. We've been one of the foremost leaders of change in this industry for over 80 years.
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Not properly or completely thought out or planned; ill-conceived. Likened to something that has only cooked in the oven for half the time necessary. Stop coming up with these half-baked schemes! They'll never work! I could tell the project was only half-baked from the beginning, but I kept my head down and said nothing.

If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake

An expression of one's excitement when they have seen someone unexpectedly. Oh my gosh, If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake! How wonderful to see you, Ted!
See also: baked, cake, have, if, knew
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1. mod. sunburned. I was out in the sun until I got totally baked.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I’ve never seen anybody so baked.


1. mod. badly thought out. It would have been approved if it weren’t so half-baked.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Fred got himself sort of half-baked every Saturday night.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake

An expression of delighted surprise at finding someone whose appearance was unanticipated. The title of a 1950 hit record by Eileen Barton, the phrase quickly caught on, and for at least a decade thereafter anyone who appeared where least expected was likely to be greeted with “If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake.”
See also: baked, cake, have, if, knew
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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